New Definition

We have all heard of “Path Ninjas” and “Road Salamon” I submit for your approval a term I am going to claim full credit for.  Ladies and Gentlemen I present you with “Road Zombie.”

Main Entry: Road Zombie
Pronunciation: \rōd zäm-bē\
Function: Noun
Etymology: 1. Middle English rode, from Old English rād ride, journey; akin to Old English rīdan to ride.  2.  Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu nzúmbe ghost.   
1 a : A person held to resemble the so-called walking dead; especially : b : a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior
2.  A person walking on the side of the road where cyclists usually travel.
3.  A person walking and babbling incoherently with a gait that is pattern less causing a cyclist to make a wide path around said Road Zombie.
4.  A person walking on the side of the road at an hour of the day that was initially thought only cyclists would be crazy enough to exist on such a portion of the road.

12 thoughts on “New Definition

  1. In your random tweets I saw “Silent Treatment”, did I miss that post? My favorite Sundays are when I speak to absolutely no one, so as you can imagine I am extremely intrigued with the work dynamics. Please, please, please
    write about it.

    Congratulations on your fitness-salute!

    1. DC,

      It was not a post it was something I posted on Twitter re: giving the silent treatment to the overgrown children I work with.

    1. I ran across some random guy staggering along the side of the road at about 5:30 in the morning. He would stagger from the shoulder of the road to half way in the road and back again. In order to get around him I had to go beyond the center line of the road as not to run him down.

  2. Sounds like a walking hangover. If they are just shuffling along at a snails pace AND hindering your ability to get around them, they’re referred to as “nickel slot players” out here. For an example, check out Motor City Casino 20 minutes after a tour bus arrives.

  3. Gene,
    There must be hundreds of new readers of your blog with the recent posting of a Twisted Spoke article ( – I have just finished reading all the archives and have added your blog to my other daily reads. Hilarious stuff. Keep up the great work and the riding.
    Oh, and on your upcoming 100 ‘epic’ – have you considered the century training of Team-in-Training benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society? – certainly an organization that resonates with your family. Maybe you’d like to do the 100 miles around Lake Tahoe in June?
    (Full disclosure – I am a cycling coach for the San Diego Chapter of LLS and will be taking a team to Tahoe….)

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